Mediator - County Court - Mediation/Arbitration Division - Independent Contractor, no benefits (hours and locations will vary)

Division: Court Support
Salary: $25.00 HOUR
Position Type: INDECONT
Funding: Contractor Funded
Occupation Code: None
Working Title: Independent Contractor Mediator

Description

This is highly responsible professional work mediating cases referred by the county court and circuit court for mediators with dual certifications. Assignment locations will vary, can be assigned to any court facility. veryThe Mediator advises parties of the mediation process, assists parties in resolving disputes, and prepares settlement agreements for review by the county or circuit courts and incorporation of agreements into orders, as appropriate. The Mediator is also responsible for maintaining required statistical data. Working relationships are established with judges, court personnel, attorneys, and the general public. The Mediator exercises independent judgment and works under the supervision of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Director. Travel to all court facilities is required.

Responsibilities

It is the mediator's responsibility to facilitate discussions and communications between the parties. The goal is to help the parties reach an equitable settlement of their differences.
• Reviews cases referred to the program for appropriateness, reviews case files, confidential reports and other materials pertinent to the case.
• Conducts mediations, facilitating the discussion of legal issues between involved parties for court referred cases.
• Advises parties concerning the mediation process.
• Prepares settlement agreements, court orders or no agreement reports on all cases mediated.
• Prepares related documents to dispose of cases; submits agreements and documents to parties and judge for review and incorporation into final orders.
• Drafts court orders and forms to expedite case processing.
• Travels to all court locations serviced by the Mediation division.
• Prepares and maintains statistical records and reports.
• Completes continuing education training on a regular basis to maintain mediation certification; stays abreast of current standards and practices for certified and court appointed mediators.
• Performs other office related work as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree; Florida Supreme Court Certification in County Court Mediation required; dual certification in Family or Dependency preferred; two years of experience as a certified mediator and considerable experience in the legal system; must possess a valid Florida driver's license and automobile insurance; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Thorough knowledge of Florida law, court rules and statutes pertaining to the required areas of Mediator certification.
• Thorough knowledge of conflict resolution techniques and negotiations processes and practices.
• Considerable knowledge of group dynamics and interaction.
• Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply methods of data collection and analysis.
• Ability to maintain integrity, impartiality, and professional competence are essential qualifications.
• Ability to prepare and maintain confidential case records.
• Ability to maintain an objective view point and offer non-judgmental alternatives in highly emotional situations.
• Ability to deal with the very personal and the sensitive nature of certain family dynamics/ issues.
• Ability to apply specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.
• Ability to prepare for hearings, hear difficult cases, mediate multi-issue cases and prepare related documents including mediated agreement, reports to the court and any other document necessary for case management.
• Ability to present material clearly and logically in oral and written form to pro se and represented parties.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
• Ability to work independently and establish work priorities.
• Ability to listen, talk, walk, sit, stand, reach with hands and carry a court file.
• Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Creole preferred.


Physical Demands

Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking, listening, and reaching with hands and arms; must be able to transfer up to 10 pounds.

Licenses Certifications

Certification by the Florida Supreme Court in County Mediation required. Second certification in either Family or Dependency preferred. Valid Florida driver's license and automobile insurance.

Supplemental Questions

 
QDo you have a Bachelor's Degree?
QAre you certified by the Florida Supreme Court in County Mediation?
QAre you certified by the Florida Supreme Court in Family or Dependency Mediation?
QHow many years of experience do you have in County Mediation?
QHow many years of experience do you have in Family or Dependency Mediation?
QAre you fluent in Spanish?
QAre you fluent in Creole?
QHow did you learn about this vacancy?
QDo you have a valid Florida driver's license?
QDo you have automobile insurance?